So, we’ve written before about how the right commercial door hardware can make your business cleaner and more hygienic; it’s a big concern for everyone. Not just now, but moving forward in this second year of what seems like an endless pandemic. But did you know that it’s not just fire-rated walls, insulation, doors and windows that affect how fire-resistant your workplace is?

Believe it or not, when it comes to fire safety, the devil is in the details. The right commercial door hardware can make all the difference when your business is confronted with a potential disaster like a fire. Let’s take a look at how the right reinforced door hardware and automation access can improve the safety of your business:

How Commercial Door Hardware can Make Your Business Safer

First of all, there are certain standard aspects to commercial door hardware that already start you off on the right foot in case of a fire. Building codes require knobs, handles, hinges and openers that are much hardier than their residential counterparts. Keyless entry lets you quickly exit a room that’s engulfed in flames without having to grab a searing-hot doorknob.

But here are some other things, required or not, that show the importance of commercial door hardware for quick egress during a fire:

Hinges: Hinges need to be fire-rated, just like the door they hold up. They should be solid steel so they won’t warp or melt in high heat, and fire doors should have few-to-none spring-assisted hinges. Grade 1 fire-rated commercial door hinges are the best, with a 3-hour fire rating.

  • When considering ADA-compliance, while your building likely has designated fireproof rooms for differently-abled employees. But you can ensure all your building’s door hardware is safe for everyone, emergency or not, with fire rated commercial door hinges that have features like low opening force and slowed closing speed. Talk to your door design and installation company for more information.

Smoke Gaskets: These are kind of like weather stripping, but for interior doors, and on steroids. These rubberized door seals completely fill the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. This greatly reduces how much smoke gets through. These gaskets also block air, sound and weather, and can be used on exterior doors as well, because they aren’t susceptible to UV rays.

  • Not-so-fun fact: Complications caused by smoke inhalation is the most common cause of death in people who’ve been inside a structure that’s on fire.

Self-Latching Hardware: This one’s pretty straightforward. In a fire, self-latching doors make it so you don’t have to approach the door and close it manually. This can save valuable seconds in cases of emergency. As well, you are sure as you move forward that the door behind you is indeed closed, and the door is still securing you from the spreading fire.

  • Self-latching hardware for commercial doors is also great for ADA compliance and energy efficiency in non-emergency contexts, and it’s a great way to supplement automated door access in interior doors to secured spaces.

Every Door is a Security Door with the Right Commercial Door Hardware

If you think about it, all the reinforced commercial door hardware you need or should have installed in your facility serve to make your business more secure even when it’s not on fire. Which hopefully is almost all the time…

  • Reinforced hinges make a security door even more break-in-resistant and ADA-friendly.
  • Self-latching door handles increase energy efficiency and eliminate the possibility of forgetting to close a door.
  • Smoke gaskets mean pests can’t get into your facility, and they seal weather out, aiding in temperature control.

Pair these pieces of commercial door hardware with additional hardware, like keypads or RFID scanners, video, and remote monitoring programs.

Not only will it ensure every port of entry and exit to your business is safe from outside factors, it makes sure your employees are safe in case of emergencies.

Door & Gate Automation is Never a Bad Choice

A great way to top off your commercial door hardware upgrade is to add door and gate automation. Automating gates and doors at your facility increases the energy efficiency of your business, making every point of entry into a security door. Restrict interior spaces for authorized personnel only and remotely operate the gate to your lot. Change key codes or card swipe authorization with extremely simple procedures that are far superior to dealing with locks and keys.

So if your business needs to upgrade its fire safety features, either to meet code or because we’re all always preparing for the next wildfire season, consider all the other advantages of upgrading your commercial door hardware. In adverse situations like extreme weather, fire, riots or break-ins, something as simple as the right hinges might make all the difference.